StreamGuys Launches Virtualization Service for Content Delivery and Multimedia Streaming.
March 10, 2011
StreamGuys, Inc., a streaming media and content delivery provider, is bringing more virtualization to the streaming media world. The company is establishing a transparent virtualized platform that delivers true quality of service and an economical path to 100gbps host clusters. “Virtualization and cloud computing have officially entered the lexicon of everyday discussion in the business world,” said Kiriki Delany, president of StreamGuys. “These are two very different concepts often confused as one-and-the-same. Our goal is to bring the benefits of virtualization to our existing customers, and expand to a true cloud-based computing service.
StreamGuys launched its Streaming Virtualization service to provide a next-generation environment for mission-critical content delivery and multimedia streaming. Virtualization separates the hardware layer from the services, offering improved redundancy and scalability, enhanced storage and recovery options, increased streaming capacity, advanced monitoring and reporting capabilities and reduced management. Costs are also decreased through a more efficient rack space footprint and a greener use of operating resources such as power and cooling.
Availability of service is a key feature for streaming media customers such as broadcasters that need 100 percent uptime. According to Delany, StreamGuys is taking advantage of virtualization to support high service availability and fault tolerance.
In terms of network capacity, StreamGuys is enabling a path to 100gbps services by standardizing on 10gbps network connectivity all the way to the physical host servers, allowing its customers to very easily scale for large events and bursts of traffic. The company is also expanding its data centers by implementing VMWare’s vSphere Hypervisor architecture at its Dupont Fabros (DFT) Data Center in Chicago, as well as in Amsterdam and other data center locations around the world.